The US is slapping far-reaching sanctions on Venezuela in its bid to re-assert hemispheric dominance over what National Security Advisor Bolton dubbed a “Troika of tyranny” in a groan-worthy throwback to Bush’s “axis of evil.”
Trump has authorized even stricter sanctions against Venezuela, ostensibly targeting the country's gold sector but actually going after anyone and everyone deemed "to have directly or indirectly engaged" in "deceptive practices or corruption" relating to the Venezuelan government by the Secretary of State. Without defining any of those terms, the administration has written itself a blank check to wage economic warfare against the already-suffering nation.
National Security Advisor John Bolton delivered the news at Miami's Freedom Tower, once the first port of call for Cuban refugees fleeing the government of Fidel Castro. Bolton hinted at plans for sanctions against Cuba and Nicaragua as well, lumping the three socialist nations into his geopolitical naughty-corner.
"This triangle of terror stretching from Havana to Caracas to Managua is the cause of immense human suffering, the impetus of enormous regional instability, and the genesis of a sordid cradle of communism in the Western Hemisphere," Bolton said in what may be the world's most jaw-dropping case of the pot calling the kettle black.
Venezuela poses no actual threat to the US, though you'd be forgiven for thinking it did to hear Bolton's speech. Trump's administration claims leaders in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras blame Maduro's government for organizing and financing the migrant caravans currently creeping toward the US border. Meanwhile, the socialist republic sits on the largest oil reserves in the Western Hemisphere, sending the US into paroxysms of rage even as it purchases Venezuela's oil in record quantities.
Trump also slapped sanctions on more than 24 operations owned or controlled by the Cuban military and intelligence services, claiming retaliation for Cuban efforts to aid Maduro's government.'
Read more: ‘Troika of tyranny’!? US sanctions entirety of Venezuela, warns Cuba & Nicaragua ‘you're next
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